For several months, rumors have been buzzing all around town about Pawhuska’s newest medical facility. These rumors will become a reality on Oct. 1 when the Acadia Family Medical Clinic opens at 230 E. 5th Street, right behind Hometown Foods.
Acadia is the dream child of Theresa Flowerette. Theresa’s husband Jeff has been working nonstop for the past two months to ready the building housing the new clinic which will be handicapped accessible. The clinic will have four exam rooms, a nurse practitioner, and two physicians.
"Dr. John Leatherman M.D. and Dr. Eric Amberson M.D. will be sharing rotating shifts", said Theresa. "I am excited that our clinic will be open six days a week with expanded hours. We will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to medical insurance, we will accept Medicare and Medicaid and have a special reduced fee program for the non-insured."
Also assisting will be Ann Leatherman as ‘Girl Friday’ and Jeff Flowerette. In addition to appointments, Acadia will accept call-ins and walk-ins. The waiting room will feature a designated play area for children.
Theresa became a Registered Nurse in 1995 and received her undergraduate studies in Ottumwa, Iowa. She obtained her Masters in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky.
"Frontier has a unique history," said Theresa. "It began as a midwife program in 1925 with nurses being trained in Great Britain. When World War II broke out in 1939, the importance of nurse-midwifery became even more important with training being conducted in America. So, the school was converted to a university and has been in operation since that time."
Theresa is completing requirements for her certification as a Nurse Practitioner and will sit for her certification later this month.
"I moved back to Oklahoma in 1998 and began working for the Osage Nation," she said. "I was over the diabetic program and eventually became health manager. In 2006, I began doing consulting work for nursing homes in Northeast Oklahoma. Basically, I was a troubleshooter for the nursing homes to help them correct any deficiencies that surfaced following a State inspection."
Theresa said she met Dr. Leatherman four years ago while working at the Pawhuska City Hospital.
"We have similar health-care interests. I am so excited to have him and Dr. Amberson join me in providing much-needed health care for our area. Opening this clinic has been a life-long dream. My only regret is that my Mom, my inspiration and supporter, passed away before she could see it come true."
Theresa comes from a family long associated with the medical field. Her late mother was an LPN and she has two sisters who are RNs. One sister is a massage therapist while another works in medical records for Indian Health Service.
"Our mission is to provide quality family health care that is affordable, culturally competent and accessible to all members of this community in a kind and caring manner," said Theresa. "Jeff and I believe in supporting our community, the Huskies, the Boys and Girls Club, and our youth in general."